Jikishi-an Temple

Jikishi-an Temple © Iry

What is Jikishi-an Temple

The founding of Jikishi-an Temple is said to have been a thatched hut built at Kitasaga-Hosotani in the year 1646 by Dokusho Shoen, who had mastered the Rinzai sect Zen Buddhism teachings.  In Zen teachings, there is a word, "Jikishi-jinshin", which means that the true feelings that exist deep within should be examined and one should directly grasp the true self.  From this word, the temple was named.  Thereafter, Dokusho studied the Obaku sect of Buddhism from Ingen and proceeded to build the Garan (Main buildings of the temple).  Jikishi-an Temple, at one point, evolved into a large temple but later faced devastation.

At the end of the Edo period, Tsusakimuraoka no Tsubone, an activist in the Sonnojyoui movement (Philosophy of respect for the Emperor and rejection of external pressures and foreign enemies) and Rojyo (Head maid to samurai and aristocrats), revived the temple as a Jodo sect temple as it remains today.  In the main hall of Jikishi-an Temple is a room that contains a notebook called Omoidegusa.  In this notebook, visitors write their thoughts and worries and in doing so, it is said, that the heart is healed.  As is with many other Sagano area temples, the fall foliage at Jikishi-an Temple is beautiful and it is a famous viewing spot.  There is also a small pond next to the main building and it is said that longevity will be granted to those who happen to see a Rhacophorus arboreus frog, a nationally protected species of frog.


15 minute walk from the "Daikakuji" stop on the Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus.

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Description: Jikishi-an Temple

Sights Jikishi-an Temple (直指庵)
Address Kyoto, Ukyo-ku, Kita-Saga Kitanodan-cho 3
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-871-1880 / Fax: 075-862-0806
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-16:00
Closed dates Irregular closed dates
Admission Fee Pay admission: 500yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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